Wow, April 2010 proves to be a jam-packed month of releases from Microsoft. A short list, that is bound to be incomplete:
- .NET Framework 4
- Visual Studio 2010
- Office 2010
- SharePoint 2010
- Data Protection Manager 2010
- System Center Essentials 2010
- Dynamics GP 2010
- Enterprise Library 5.0
- SQL Server 2008 R2
The trial versions of SQL Server 2008 R2 are now available for download. Here are the highlights of what’s new in 2008 R2:
- PowerPivot: a managed self-service analysis solution that empowers end users to access, analyze and share data across the enterprise in an IT managed environment using Excel 2010 and SharePoint Sever 2010.
- Master Data Services: helps IT organizations centrally manage critical data assets companywide and across diverse systems, and enables more people to securely manage master data directly, and ensure the integrity of information over time.
- Application and Multi-server Management: helps organizations proactively manage database environments efficiently at scale through centralized visibility into resource utilization and streamlined consolidation and upgrade initiatives across the application lifecycle.
- Report Builder 3.0: report authoring component with support for geospatial visualization. This new release provides capabilities to further increase end user productivity with enhanced wizards, more powerful visualizations, and intuitive authoring.
- StreamInsight: a low latency complex event processing platform to help IT monitor, analyze and act on the data in motion to make more informed business decisions in near real-time.
More details about the release can be found on the team blog.